It is clear that acceptance of Jesus as our Savior is the only prerequisite for eternal salvation. All believers are ‘equally saved’ and there is no degree of salvation. Is it not true however, that there are rewards (crowns) in heaven based on works, with the right motivation of serving Christ and giving Him the glory of course? Could it be then, that there could also be less or more severe punishments in eternal damnation?
How do you know if you’re being called into a life of ministry ? I understand that we are all called to be a light in the world and let the Holy Spirit shine through us as we go about our daily lives. However, there are those (like you for instance) who somehow come to a place in their lives where it’s obvious that the Lord wants them to minister to others in a more “official” capacity. I have been struggling with this more and more lately, which makes me think, “Is the fact that I’m struggling, a sign that I’m being called?” I have not received a clear and undeniable “word from the Lord” that I am aware of… it’s more of a thought that just seems to hang around but never really leaves.
The “Gospel of the Kingdom” is mentioned in Matthew 4: 23 , 9:35 , and 24:14. The “Gospel of Peace” is mentioned in Romans 10:15, and Eph 6:15. Do you think one is more for the Church age of Grace, and possibly the other more for the tribulation period? I’m really enjoying your website.
I never feel worthy, although I would die rather than deny Christ. I know my sins are forgiven, there are just so many good people, better Christians than I am, how can I live up to all this?
And what about the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy? I don’t understand exactly what that means. I am no fool, its a huge requirement without understanding.
Hello. Love your website. I know that James Chapter 5 describes a bad economic turn in the last days. (Weep and howl, ye rich men .) Do you think this chapter applies to the tribulation period? There have been depressions (and world wars, too) before the rapture, and there could be again, I suppose. But isn’t this ultimate economic shock in James 5 for the tribulation? Thanks for what you do!
I wonder how it feels to be as stupid as you are. There is not one shred of evidence that Jesus ever lived. Besides the doctored Gospels of the Bible that the Romans put together based off older religions. Get some real information and stop depending on some man that never lived.
Do you have anything on who the 24 Elders are? I am studying a booklet by a former pastor of a church I grew up in and he holds they are some form of pre-creation angels who rule the affairs of earth. This seem to me to smell of new age thinking and does not sit easily so I am researching at present so as to try and bring him some truth.
In response to ‘I’m a missionary in my own church‘ – if believers are to concentrate on the three areas you mention within their own church, how do you suggest we reach the lost?
It troubles me that you can feel a stranger at times in your own church and there needs to be fellowship and friendships built for ‘..we are not to be yoked to unbelievers..’, but Jesus commanded that we spread the good news and make disciples. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. God Bless.
I was not raised a Christian and have only recently began seeking God’s truth. I believe in God and am trying to understand Christianity. It is my understanding that Jesus’ death washed away original sin introduced by Adam and Eve. With this in mind, could someone be immortal if they lived a truly sinless life? My idea comes from the quote “for the wages of sin is death.” Does this mean that death can be avoided by a truly sinless individual? I understand that this seems impossible, but is interesting from a theoretical perspective. Does it also follow that Jesus could have been immortal had he not taken our sins for us?
I had a discussion about Jesus and wine drinking with a fellow sister-in-Christ today. She said that Jesus did not actually drink alcoholic wine, but only ‘fruit of the vine’. And that since wine is alcoholic and therefore is inebriating, Jesus would not drink that and neither should we. So, my question is, Did Jesus drink alcoholic wine or not?